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Welcome to Succeed2Read's Reading Readiness Test.
This test will take about 10-15 minutes to administer. It is primarily intended for parents who want to check if their child is:
1. Ready to begin learning to read
2. May have any difficulties in learning to read

Please be aware that this test is not intended for determining whether a child has a learning disability. Should you suspect that your child is facing difficulties learning to read, you should consult with his teacher or the school reading specialist. Succeed2Read is often used to help children with learning disabilities learn to read. But a specialist or teacher should always be consulted.

Attention Parents/Teachers:
This test needs to be administered by an adult. Be sure to sit NEXT to the child and not across from him/her. Follow the questions in order and do not skip any questions. Upon completing every question, click on the "Submit" button. The result will be immediately ready for you.

A. Auditory test

1. Auditory discrimination/Initial Sounds:
Ask the child the following question. "Which of these words start with the same sound?" (may be repeated twice). Now, read each line slowly. After each line, wait for the child to respond and check the appropriate box.

a. salad, spoon, ball, milk  
b. apple, key, book, bell
c. table, moon, telephone, cow
d. pencil, house, happy ,cat

2. Rhyming Words:
Ask the child the following question."Which of these words rhyme/sound alike?" (may be repeated twice). Now, read each line slowly. After each line, wait for the child to respond and check the appropriate box.

a. house day mouse hat
b. pen sick man pick
c. toy bin man boy
d. pan man run tell

3. Memory:
Ask the child to repeat each of the following lines after you read them first. Do not show it to them. They need to remember what you have said.

a. "Repeat after me":     a l c d m    o p a u e    g b r o l
b. "Repeat after me":     5 7 8 2 1    3 0 1 9 6    4 2 7 1 8
c. "Count from 1 to 10":
d. Ask the child to recite the alphabet as far as they are able:

B. Visual test

1. Visual discrimination
Ask the child to review each line and circle the letters that are the same:

a. M A C M D E M O
b. S J L J R G P J
c. E H N O E S R M
d. A D L B R G B U

2. Visual discrimination

a. Place 5 common objects on a table (i.e. spoon, cup, book, fruit, pen). Allow the child to look at the objects for 10 seconds and then cover them so they are hidden from view. Now ask the child: “Can you tell me what was on the table?" Number of objects identified correctly:
b. For this question, use the same objects as in the previous question. Tell the child, “Now I am going to take one thing away – and you tell me what it is." Allow the child to look at all of the objects for 5 seconds. Then cover them and take away one object so the child does not see which object was removed. Uncover the objects and asks the child, ”What is missing?"

C. Spatial test

1. Directionality

Ask the child to identify his/her right hand. Then ask him/her to identify his left hand.

2. Functional response
Show the child a picture from a children’s book or a magazine advertisement. Ask the following questions:

a. "Point to the top of the picture."
b. "What is in the middle of the picture?"
c. "What is at the bottom of the picture?"

D. General Background

1. Directionality

1. Does your child enjoy listening to stories?
2. Does your child recognize his name when written?
3. Is your child's spoken language age appropriate?
4. Are there any reading problems in the family?
5. Are there any speech problems in the family?
6. Are there languages other than English spoken at home?